Peering at Pacific Pearl off Mornington Pier

History was made today when The town of Mornington, an hour’s drive south of Melbourne, experienced its first visit by a cruise ship – the Pacific Pearl.
The ship, which carries 1,800 passengers and 727 crew moored in the shipping channel and the passengers were brought to the pier by bright orange tender boats.
Mornington Chamber of Commerce set up an information tent directing cruislings up Main Street. Coach tours took groups of passengers to the Mornington Peninsula wineries and township of Sorrento. By mid-afternoon, passengers were queuing to return to the ship, while hundreds of locals (including ourselves) came to view and photograph the spectacle, creating a carnival atmosphere.

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Mornington celebrates Australia Day

Yesterday I helped my daughter-in-law, Rosalie, accompany the Mornington Girl Guide group in the Australia Day Parade. It gave an unusual view of this annual event, starting with the assembly of participants in a side street adjacent to Main Street, then following behind bagpipers and girls on stilts, with the Royal Airforce Cadets following behind the Girl Guides in the march.

The crowd was large and appreciative. We marched to Mornington Park, where a young singer sang the National Anthem and the Guides raised the flag, assisted by the cadets.

After a celebratory dinner at my sister and brother-in-laws, complete with china cockatiels and gum blossoms decorating the table, we walked down to the seaside to watch the fireworks, feeling very patriotic.

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